• Louise Carnachan

Finding Ways to be Up in a Down Time


What I most enjoyed about getting dressed for work was contemplating the jewelry I’d wear that day. I have a fondness for earrings, necklaces and bracelets—it was fun to pair my collection with my clothing. Now that I’m semi-retired and working from home (with feline office-mates who couldn’t care less how I dress), my standards have slipped. Woefully so. My wardrobe has shrunk to a few comfortable pieces. I reserve the best of these for public viewing.

I grew up with a depressed mother, and I could always tell how bad the day was going to be by how she dressed, or didn’t. If there was no shower or lipstick, it was going to be a difficult day. I was always happy to see her with her “face” on. (That’s an ironic statement, isn’t it?) But to my kid mind, when she was nicely attired, she was functioning, and my life was easier.

As the coronavirus pandemic and attendant ramifications continue, I find the relentlessness of news and social media drag me down. I need easy coping strategies. Although I’d decided early on that I had to get out of my bathrobe, this week I’ve decided to expand my wardrobe beyond the usual and sport fun earrings and socks for a splash of creativity. I’m hoping this will incentivize getting dressed before the day has completely gotten away.

What are you doing to keep yourself upbeat while relegated to your home office? Please use the comment box below.

Sending you appropriately physically distanced encouragement—and reminding you to provide material (or moral) support people providing essential services.

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